Mark Fried published three translations in 2013: Firefly by Severo Sarduy, Children of the Days by Eduardo Galeano, and a revised edition of Galean’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow. He just finished translating a Mexican crime novel: Élmer Mendoza’s Silver Bullets. Fried lives in Ottawa with his wife, the writer Elizabeth Hay.
I began reading Eduardo Galeano when I arrived in Mexico for the first time—it was 1973—and met Cedric Belfrage, whose translation of Open Veins of Latin America had just been published. Open Veins was a treatise on history and political . . .